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Ex Committee Members letter to the Editor
   
 

I have just read the history with interest and a great deal of nostalgia. My father Jimmy Kennedy was on the committee for many years and was great friends with Jimmy Forsythe, Jimmy Tennant , Jimmy Craig and Ian Cooper, Willie McLeary and Harry Miller were both on the committee around that time. My father was a member until his death in 1983 and my grandfather Alf Kennedy was a member until his death in 1962. I was also on the committee for 2 years but pressure of exams forced my resignation and after a move to England I also left the club.

It was my father who was responsible for the repairs to the boats and organising the working parties, he was a coachbuilder at the railway workshops in Glasgow and his skills were put to good use on the boats, for his efforts he was paid an annual gratuity of £5 from the club funds. The first new clinker boats were built by a joiner in Thornhill.

The ceremony of the pies probably derives from the annual restocking which was a highlight of the club year, Jimmy Eadie butchers at Townhead used to supply the meat for scotch pies which were made by Paterson bakers Cowgate especially for the ceremony. Drinks were supplied for those who wanted them and tea and cakes for those who did not. What no one knew was that the Burco boiler used to make several gallons of tea was used by my mother all year for her washing, it obviously did no harm.There was one memorable year when everyone was waiting for the fish to arrive and to no avail the hatchery had got the dates wrong and the restocking ceremony had to go ahead without the fish.

With regard to the hatchery I was involved in the building of the trap at the mouth of the burn but have no recollection of the eggs being taken to Woodburn we used to put them in egg boxes and place these in runs in the burn.

The boating plan was indeed a marvel of logistic planning if I remember correctly certain boats were much favoured by members number 4 being the favourite as it was reputed to drift better than any of the others. There was a bell in the tin boatshed which was used to summon your boat if someone else had taken it out.

Do you remember when the roof of the big shed blew off in the big storm in the late 60's I got home from work and was asked by my father to go and check that everything was all right at the loch. I opened the door of the shed and everything was perfect until I looked up and saw nothing but stars the roof had been moved 400 yards in two pieces without damaging anything else. A working party was organised for the next weekend and the roof was put back on.

I remember the great fly only debates and the uproar when pensioners were allowed to vote in them despite being allowed to fish with any legal method. This was stopped after a couple of years of bait fishing being banned and one could go out and see pensioner members who had voted against bait happily sitting drowning a worm.

I must visit Antermony soon to see the changes, hope the foregoing is of interest to you as I have many happy memories of my membership.


Was your brother Frank Malcolm of Malcolm and Whyte if so I knew him Jimmy Tennant was my boss at the then National Commercial Bank and on one occasion he and Frank had arranged a boat on the Carron Dam, they asked if I would boatman for them. After about an hour the weather blew up into a howling gale but their answer to the elements was to produce a second bottle of whisky and carry on fishing closest I have ever come to a near death experience.

Regards

Jim Kennedy

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